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Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel arrested for “facilitating residence” to asylum seeker

Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel is being prosecuted for “facilitating illegal residence to an asylum seeker.” She provided accommodation in her home on the island of Hydra to an Afghan man, whose asylum application in ongoing.

Police arrested the 61-year-old Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel on Sunday, June 13, on charges of hosting the 23-year-old man from Afghanistan, Freydun, an asylum seeker.

She was charged according to a forgotten and problematic ruling from 1991 and for “facilitating the illegal residence of a third country national.”

She was taken to the police station of Hydra and from there in handcuffs to the Court in Piraeus. she was given a three-day deadline for her deposition.

The offenses can punish her with at least one year in prison and a fine of at least 5,000 euros – or double if the goal is for profit.

Arrested was also the man from Afghanistan, who was transferred to police station in a Piraeus suburb and then was set free two hours later.

The Dutch journalist met the Afghan asylum seeker and his dog in the camp in Malakasa in December 2018 while she was filming for a documentary the economic crisis and the migration issue. He helped her with translations and when the living conditions in the camp became unbearable for him and his dog, she started hosting him.

Daily efimerida ton syntakton that has the story notes that some on the island did not favor the new guest and in the end someone also denounced her to police.

Beugel has been living on Hydra for the last 40 years, is correspondent for several Dutch media. She calls Freyun “my adopted son.”

Her lawyer who got knowledge of the case file said that there were “several anonymous denouncements” against his client. Police was pressing the asylum seeker to find out whether she was giving him money.

PS this country is getting more and more miserable and undemocratic.

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4 comments

  1. Yes. Why is the Dutch woman welcome to live in Hydra but the Afghanistan man is not? He already was working as a translator for her. Let’s not go back to the mentality of Golden Dawn. Or to the mentality of the Nazis who arrested people for housing Jews.

  2. A registered asylum applicant is not an illegal resident, provided that s/he informs the State of their whereabouts. This is a legal fact. Nor is it a criminal offence to offer assistance to any legal resident of a democratic country. I hope the Greek government is ready to have its ass whipped, because that is what they are ultimately going to get for this disgusting abuse of law and of power.

    Greece has to obey EU and international laws. There is no way that the police arrested this journalist without consulting public prosecutors and politicians. Just beyond belief. BTW they have been doing the same with charity organisations that assist migrants to reach safety — which is actually not only a humanitarian thing to do, it is actually REQUIRED by the law of the sea.

    • This government has been commiting human rights offences, abuse of power, and basically doing whatever the hell they please and I’ve heard not heard a single boo from anyone outside of Greece. No ass whooping is coming for this fascist government, I’m afraid -unless it’s from the people- as they are making great strides in keeping capitalism in play. Might I suggest a wonderful Greek documentary on fascist regimes in Europe and Greece – https://youtu.be (there are English subtitle options). Now they need a sequel.

  3. How can we be surprised?

    When Greece continues to push back migrants in the Aegean Sea

    And against all signs denies it does.

    While women and children have to hidein the woods on the island of arrival, to stay away from cops and sneak their way to a reception center.

    Then why would Greeces government not try to intimidate the media that report these deliberate crimes?

    While people actually die after Greek officials push them back in rudderless rubber boats. Even hand-cuffed.

    How can we be surprised, when migrants around Europe are treated like balls in a pinball machine, when Eurpe’s migration management is nothing but a monster of denial.

    Denial of humans, their rights, their lives.

    Denial of values, European, Christian , ancient or otherwise.

    All parts of the machine, from Frontex to IND, from Samos to Melilla, from IOM to KLM, from EU to China, duly turning the Mediterranean into a killing Sea.


    So how? How could we be? Surprised?

    If not only Ingeborg is realeased unconditionally of all charges related to her reporting and herhospitality.

    If not only Feraidoon finally gets through the whole in the communication wall to be finally registered as an asylum seeker, rather than an undocumented, illegalized, migrant.

    If Sigrid Kaag not only asks for apologies and Tineke Strik not only adds a note to her report on push-backs.

    Surprising it is when hospitality becomes the rule, again.

    When seas are for sailing, swimming and fishing.

    When islands are places of leisure, not torture.​ Where temporary camps are not replaced by permanent prisons.

    When countries are places for people to live and move and meet, not to be hunted or hunter.

    When the pursuit of happiness is no longer a crime.

    Then we will be surprised.